Lavender French 75 Cocktail

June 17, 2017

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Full disclosure – I thought I invented this cocktail.  It wasn’t until I started researching for a name that I discovered it was already a thing – the Lavender French 75.  It was very Michael Scott from The Office “orange-vod-juice…ka” moment – (hopefully you get that reference).  Anyway, I got the inspiration for this drink while Erick and I were honeymoon-ing in Maui.  We stayed at the gorgeous Hotel Wailea and, while I would recommend this resort for a million reasons, their apothecary cocktails alone are worth the trip.  During our stay we took advantage of a complementary poolside mixology class where we learned the proper way to shake up a Mai Tai (hint: don’t forget your nut element and local Hawaiian lilkoi helps too) along with few ways to elevate a champagne cocktail – including lavender infused simple syrup.  I mean who wouldn’t want to sip a drink or two at this pool?!lavender cocktail_twine and braids

Ingredients

Makes 1 cocktail

  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons lavender simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 shot gin
  • Champagne

Lavender Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lavender

When cooking with lavender it’s important to use “culinary lavender”.  I used this brand here which you can pick up on Amazon. 

In a small sauce pan bring the water, sugar and lavender to a light boil.  Stir until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.  Remove from stove and let cool.  Once cooled transfer to a glass jar or airtight container and let chill in the fridge – I chilled for about an hour.  Strain out the lavender and return syrup to jar.  This can be store for about a week.

To make the cocktail add the lavender syrup, lemon juice and gin to a shaker with ice.  Shake it up and pour into glass.  Top off with champagne.  I chose to garnish with a lemon twist and lavender sprig.

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Wouldn’t this make a cute gift?

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Enjoy!
Meghan

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